Depoliticisation, Institutions and Political Capacity: Explaining Sedate Energy Transition in the UK
By: Caroline Kuzemko – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter
EPG Working Paper: 1405
Depoliticisation, as a concept, has been utilised to explain specific aspects of economic governance as it has developed over the past thirty years, particularly in certain OECD countries. This paper recognises depoliticisation as reducing the role of state government in certain issues areas, but emphasises a range of different forms that this can take as well as some political consequences of these decisions. Using UK energy governance as an example, it will detail a wide range of consequences of the depoliticisation of UK energy policy undertaken from the 1980s to the early 2000s. This paper claims that in the mid to late 2000s, when market failure in energy security and climate change were finally recognised in the UK, political institutions capable of effectively addressing these failures simply did not exist.
Keywords: UK energy and climate policy; depoliticisation; political capacity
Date: April 2014
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